Family and friends remember 4 year old Jada
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:43:24 GMT —
The four year old girl that was killed in a car crash on March 31st was laid to rest Wednesday.
More than 100 people, including Jada Bennett's family, friends and the community came to the Our Lady Star of the Sea church in North Myrtle Beach for the child's funeral.
Bennett was killed and four others were hurt last weekend when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the SUV Jada was in on Highway 501 at the Tanger Outlet. It could be several weeks before we know if charges will be filed in relation to the crash.
Gloria Milton, a close family friend, spoke to reporters on the family's behalf. She says the family is distraught and heartbroken.
At one point during the hour long mass, Reverend J. Orlando Cheverria Jimenez spoke to the family during the service from Jada's point of view.
"Don't cry for me," he said.
Jada attended Ocean Bay Elementary school and Our Lady Star of the Sea. She loved playing with her twin sister Nia and six year old brother Ty. She also loved the YMCA and was fond of swimming, soccer and doing Zumba with her family.
She is survived by her parents, her twin sister, her two older brothers and older sister.
In her obituary the family wrote "Jada was truly our little happy princess, from the way she acted to the way she moved. There was not a day that went by that she didn't let us know how much she loved us."
The community has really gotten behind the family, holding several fundraisers to help the Bennett family, who previously lost an older son.
Last Saturday, more than 100 people gathered in Surfside Beach for a Zumba fundraiser. They raised $2,100 for the family. The group is still raising money online. (www.zumbawithlindaandmo.com) Another fundraiser will be held for the Bennett family on May 5 at The X Sports Complex.
Organizer Linda Calvanico was among those at Wednesday's service.
"Well Jada was so young and it was so sudden and I think any of us felt like it could have been one of us," she said with tears in her eyes.
"It's just the matter of losing someone, losing a child mostly. It affects everybody." Milton said.